Donkey and lanterns to start festive fun in town

Last year's Leyland Christmas event was a huge success
Last year's Leyland Christmas event was a huge success

Another festive ‘Leyland Christmas’ event has been planned for next month.

Last year’s attractions saw such a positive turnout that the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum and the team behind Leyland Live are bringing another seasonal event to the town’s calendar.

Planned for Saturday, November 30, one of the highlights of the occasion promises to be a Christmas lantern procession through the town centre in the evening, led by Sally the donkey (who proved a real crowd pleaser last year), organised by Churches Together in Leyland.

There will also be the popular Christingle Carol Service and Christmas tree light switch-on at the United Reformed Church, as well as carol singers and the Lostock Hall Brass Band to entertain visitors throughout the evening.

The daytime will see a portable stage on Hough Lane with other musical acts, and there will also be family fun attractions like a Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides, bouncy castle, treasure hunts, face-painting, card-making workshops, and craft and food stalls along Hough Lane from around 1.30pm.

Jane Bell, chair of the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, encouraged people to save the date.

She said: “In this time of dark winter days and the economic climate, it is lovely to have something to cheer us all up.

“The Leyland Forum is delighted to support this early Christmas event.

“I also have it on good authority that Father Christmas has heard about it and has promised to come. That has got to be good news!”

Nigel Stewart, organiser of Leyland Live, is also arranging for a mini version of the music festival to take place in venues across the town that evening, from 8pm until 11pm.

He said: “There will be a single act performing in each of the venues taking part, so people can still venture around the town to listen to different types of acts and music throughout the night.

“There are no wristbands needed, so people can just turn up. It’s like a bolt-on to the Leyland Christmas activities taking place during the day.”